Once a dataset is discovered, it is equally important that there be a way to access it. Accessibility is the ability to retrieve data. The accessibility of a dataset depends primarily on the discoverability - which in turn is a function of the completeness and compatibility of the metadata. Therefore, the more complete and compatible the metadata, the more accessible the data, and the more the data can be effectively shared.
Usability is the extent to which the data can be applied to achieve the user’s goals. The usability of a dataset depends on the completeness and compatibility of the metadata. Thus, the more detailed the metadata, the more the data can be effectively utilized.
This sub-section aims to clearly depict accessibility and usability documentation needs and concepts and map to them in the different dialects — thereby increasing completeness and compatibility and by default, the usability of the data.
- ACDD Variable Attributes Recommendations
- Service Discovery (ISO 19115-1)
- Service Discovery (SERF)
- Service Description (WSDL)